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Changman 常满 OK May 28, 2016   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Noodles | Dim sum

We wanted to explore more Dim Sum places in Johor Bahru and we read of Changman. By the time we cleared the jams at the causeway, its already tea time. Besides selling Hong Kong Dim Sum, Changman offers a variety ranging from Chicken Rice to Hor Fun too.
Chang Man

Chang Man

 
Mistakenly order the Avocado Juice as I thought it was Avocado milkshake and only to find out that they are actually offering a low sugar level Avocado Juice. Juice tasted a little creamy and was light in taste, not too bad though.
Hmmm Avocado Juice!

Hmmm Avocado Juice!

 
Looked dry on the external but as the saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover. These carrot cakes were crispy on the outside with a soft texture under the layer. Simply love the Carrot Cake and it went very well with the accompanied chilli.
Deep Fried Carrot Cake (3Pcs)

Deep Fried Carrot Cake (3Pcs)

 
The Xiao Long Bao was something I looked forward to as they were served differently with each of them sitting on a mini aluminium tray. Be additional careful as the skin was rather thin and with soup bursting out of its case easily.
Xiao Long Bao (3 Pcs)

Xiao Long Bao (3 Pcs)

 
Besides the XLB, I will also give a vote to their chicken rice set. You can never get a set of chicken rice set with drumstick at this kind of pricing in Singapore.
Chicken Rice (1 Set) - RM 6.00

Chicken Rice (1 Set) - RM 6.00

 
Poached chicken was yummy and drenched with sauce. Meat was tender and from its skin color, you can tell that kampung chicken was used.
Kampong Chicken!

Kampong Chicken!

 
Char Siew Buns were soft and packed with sweet chopped Char Siew fillings.
Char Siew Bun (3Pcs)

Char Siew Bun (3Pcs)

 
The green buns were stuffed with yummy golden lava or "Liu Sha" was not too bad but the skin of the buns was kind of thick with buns lacking the oozing power from its fillings. Buns were soft but was not as fluffy.
Changman ''Liu Sha'' Bun (3 Pcs)

Changman ''Liu Sha'' Bun (3 Pcs)

 
Rice Roll aka "Chee Cheong Fun" was smooth and silky, encasing a few prawns. Generous amount of soy sauce was added to elevate the taste. On top of serving them in a leaf shaped plate, greens were included as a side to make the presentation looks better.
Fresh Prawn Rice Roll

Fresh Prawn Rice Roll

 
For extra kick, add some chilli to it.
Fresh Prawn Rice Roll

Fresh Prawn Rice Roll

 
"Har Kao" aka aka prawn dumplings were quite fragile in the sense that the prawns easily fell out from its translucent "casing".
Har Kao (3Pcs)

Har Kao (3Pcs)

 
How can Har Kao exists without Siew Mai in the Dim Sum Fare? Well, they were never be left out in our orders. Siew Mai has a touch of orange crab roes and the meat was rather springy.
Crab Roe Siew Mai (4Pcs)

Crab Roe Siew Mai (4Pcs)

 
Overall it was quite an average fare and spread of food from Changman Dim Sum. I don't mind revisiting with other groups of friends.

 
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Bev C'afe OK Jul 23, 2018   
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Categories : Western variety | Café | Desserts

A walk near 15 minutes away from City Square Johor along Jalan Wong Ah Fook would be interesting if you ever explore the Cafe available there. With the good exchange rate, cross border cafe hopping as a weekend activity has turned pretty popular these days. Not only that these hipster cafes are increasing in our neighbouring country near the borders. I love the surprises thrown to me everytime we enter the cafe. Retaining the worn down and old facade, it quite interesting how their interior is furnished for the own style of cafe.

Bev C'afe

Bev C'afe

 


Bev C

Bev C

 
Chancing by Bev C, we would not have known that the upper storey is double up as a cafe from the clothing store till we walked pass a sign stating that. Interior is pretty spacious for a fashion boutique shop with a few racks of clothing each at one side of its perimeter.

Clothing Boutique

Clothing Boutique

 

With a little bit of backgroud, Bev C is a clothing label with original design since 2013. They have every piece of clothing designed from the sketch and scratch. They have a philosophy believing in "Seeking you own style" rather that cultivating a culture of "following the trend blindly". Further more adding a line saying Own your Style or Stay Naked.
Rustic Interior

Rustic Interior

 
 It is unpretentious in its rustic outlook with flooring tiled with the olden kind of 1 x 1 cm square tiles. I walked up the flight of wooden stairs with additional care as I heard them creaked and moan under my feet, fearing that the steps might be not sturdy enough to accommodate my weight.

Wooden Stairs

Wooden Stairs

 

Beside the Stairs

Beside the Stairs

 
Seating is pretty limited with narrow walkways however I would say that the ambiance are not too bad. With a packed Saturday afternoon, we were ushered to the seats by the windows looking out to a big tree as well as the opposite shop houses.

Cafe Interior

Cafe Interior

 


Limited Seats

Limited Seats

 

Dining By the Window

Dining By the Window

 
While waiting for the food, we inquire the service staff for the latest password knowing that the previous "giveme5dollar" has been changed. We were given yet another password that will never fail to give a smile on our face, that is "askyourfriend".

Food Preparation Area

Food Preparation Area

 
Doing the so mainstream thing that everyone here does, we ordered their Chocolate Mint Pie which gain quite a number of good comments by the past patrons. Chocolate Mint Pie was served on an IKEA wooden board. The pie was totally out of my expectation for it looks so cool in its beveled minty green topped with a dark brown cookie. With a distinctive layer of mint from the top and bottom filled with chocolaty flavored pie cradled by the charcoal crust, such combination was perfect for us as pie was not too sweet.

Chocolate Mint Pie - RM 12.00

Chocolate Mint Pie - RM 12.00

 
Lemon Tea was frozen in cubes and served with a slice of lemon in a cup. Additional lemon tea is given in a separate flask. Taste is rather normal.

Tea Ice Cube Lemon - RM 16.00

Tea Ice Cube Lemon - RM 16.00

 

Pouring Ice Lemon Tea into The Cubes

Pouring Ice Lemon Tea into The Cubes

 
Perhaps we have more to talk about for the Butterfly Pea Cubes for that it was not very common quencher served in the Cafe. The cubes were frozen with its flower and stalks, not really suitable to put the cubes in your mouth unlike the Ice Cube Lemon Tea. It tasted a tad light and refreshing on its own. For more distinctive flavour, you may want to add the lime juice given to alter the taste.

Tea Ice Cube Butterfly - RM 16.00

Tea Ice Cube Butterfly - RM 16.00

 

Close up to Butterfly Pea Drink

Close up to Butterfly Pea Drink

 
 There are still a number of Cafe that we yet to explore in that area. Each and every one has its own uniqueness. I don't mind coming back again, however given so much choices there, its more likely I would be another place during my next Cafe Session.

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Spending per head: Approximately RM20(下午茶)

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Lavender (Flagship Store) OK Nov 23, 2017   
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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Seafood | Bakery / Cake / Kuih

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This was unplanned as we were just looking for some cafe around and that was closed for the afternoon. Thus we drove around and chanced upon upon such a big building by Lavender which caught our surprise and decided to check it out.

The building facade was grand, attractive and precisely one of the reason why we were there. Lavendor Flagship Store consists of 2 level where the ground level was more on their Bakery while the upper level was more of Bistro Cafe.

Upper Level of Lavender -

 L.Table Interior was posh, lavishly renovated to a modern taste and filled with the festive season mood even though Christmas is still more than a month away.

We ordered the nibble platter and shared among ourselves. These finger food were nicely served with grease paper and stainless steel buckets. Nibbles consist of fried calamari, little drumlets and croquette.

 
Nibble Platter - RM 24.53

 Beating the heat with these drinks and under the cooling air conditioned shelter in Lavender, and together with the nibbles it really makes life so enjoyable passing the lazy Sunday afternoon.

Iced Mocha - RM 12.26 & Passion Fruit Lemongrass Frizz - RM 12.26

Iced Mocha - RM 12.26 & Passion Fruit Lemongrass Frizz - RM 12.26

 

 Panna Cotta was wobbly and just as what it is supposed to be, smooth and topped with sweet syrup.

Pandan Pana Cotta - RM 7.55

Pandan Pana Cotta - RM 7.55

 


Business was indeed very good and the waitress had came to us for a few times that the selected cakes of our choice had been sold out. We left with no other option but to order the red velvet cake. The spongy soft layer velvet cake was made up of alternate fresh creams and topped with berries that consist of raspberry, blueberry, strawberry and black berry, giving a refreshing taste. Overall this cake texture was fluffy.

Red Velvet Slice Cake - RM 15.56

Red Velvet Slice Cake - RM 15.56

 


The belgian waffles topped with strawberry ice cream. These waffles came in set of 4 and heart shapes drizzled with Maple Syrup. Crust was crispy and fragrant with a chewy internal. Seems like I had make a right choice out of Vanilla and Chocolate ice cream as their strawberry ice cream is the kind that I have always wanted. It was not too milky but comes with good strawberry taste.

Waffle Ice Cream - RM 20.75

Waffle Ice Cream - RM 20.75

 


Ambiance wise, I find that its is very suitable for couples and friends who want to shelter away from the hot weather outside catching up with each other. There are mains like pasta that I would very much like to try if I can be here the next round. On top of that, their service standard is worth mentioning as the communicating with the crews were professional and polite.
 
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Fei Zhou (Restoran Famous Congee) OK Sep 26, 2016   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Porridge

Fei Zhou, when translated from the chinese characters means "Flying Porridge" and the way it is pronounced, rhymes with Africa. It is just a stone throw away from the popular Sutera Mall that most of us has been visiting.

 
Fei Zhou Interior was modern with recommended and signature dishes pictures on the wall. Premises is air-conditioned and fixed with ceiling fans to cool the temperature in the restaurant.

 
Environment 

 
Beverages 
 We started with some sides while waiting for the porridge and rice. Abalone mushrooms were deep fried and with its spicy soury dipped, I found that this is something special and not yet found in Singapore so far.

 
Deep Fried Mushroom - RM 10.80 

Dont miss out famous dish like the Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetables to complement with your porridge dishes. The pork were braised till tender together with garlic gloves and preserved vegetables.

 
Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetable - RM 15.80  
With hints of peppery taste among the fragrant fried rice, these air flown salmon was cut into dices and topped the rice. Impressed by the bright orange presentation among the white, yellow and green ingredients in the rice, the taste was relatively above average. A little peeve is that the Salmon may be more on the fishy side.

 
Air Flown Salmon Fried Rice - RM 18.80  
Every pot of congee is served in the earthen claypot with a base wrapped with aluminium. The congee's depth of flavour come from the long hours of cooking the broth and rice grains were slowly cook to the texture. To enhance the flavours, spring onions as well as fried onions were added.

 
Sliced Fish Congee - RM 13.80 
Sea Bass Mix the garnishing well. The pot of minced pork & century Egg Congee was savoury with generous amount of Minced pork and egg given.

 
Minced Pork & Century Egg Congee - RM 7.20 
My bowl of congee won't be completed without these little fried fritters in it. If you are like me, mixed some of these into the porridge and enjoy the bites.

 
Fried Fritters 
 Break the egg yolk and stir the fried fritters into the porridge.

 
Congee  
It was a pleasant experience to have enjoy pots of porridge and kinds of dishes by Fei Zhou. I don't mind popping by once in a while for simple food like this.
 
Date of Visit: Sep 11, 2016 

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It's been sometimes since I last visited City Square in Johor Bahru and it came to our surprised when we saw this new shop front stating "Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul". As a Chendol lover as well as with a dialect group of Teochew, I gave me no reason not to try.
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

 
Interior was spacious and modern, an opposite sight from its store front which looked traditional.
Interior

Interior

 
However when it comes to the ordering counter, there is a mixture of both old school and modernized concepts. With the mosaic tiles in shades of greys applied onto the walls of the counter, it brought us an olden day feel to somewhere back into the 60s together with its black & white photographs near its menu.

 
Upon ordering, we will be giving this number tag with the big signage on Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.
Order Number

Order Number

 
Chendul was tasted light with the blend coconut milk but that did not make the taste of Gula Melaka stands up. Though it was chilled but if it is being served in metal spoons, it would give better scores to what I seek for in a bowl of chill dessert.
Chendol - 6.90 Rm

Chendol - 6.90 Rm

 
Ice Kachang was ordinary and even the syrup add no effects to the bowl of ice . Green beans, creamy corns, chopped peanuts, green colored sagos as well as "atap" seeds were added but still lacking in volume as compared to the shaved ice.
Ice Kachang - 5.90 Rm

Ice Kachang - 5.90 Rm

 
All in all, desserts were passable, if I were to stamp my preference between these two, I would have Chendol voted.

 
Spending per head: Approximately RM6.90(下午茶)

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